Category: What's On Published on Monday, 06 August 2012 15:32 Written by Tyler PerrySpaghetti Western Double Feature: Django & The Grand Duel
Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
Double down on Spaghetti Westerns at American Cinematheque's weekend film screening at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. "Spaghetti western" is a the nickname given to films set in the American Southwest and created by Italian directors. This double feature highlights two examples of this massive film genre, which contains over 600 movies made during the 1960s-1980s. Director Quentin Tarantino was influenced by these films and put them both on his list of top 20 Spaghetti Westerns. Django stars Italian actor Franco Nero as a drifter who takes on a gang of bandits in Old Mexico. The film is infamous for being the most violent film ever made at the time of its release, and the cringe inducing ear-severing scene in Reservoir Dogs is a direct reference this film. The Grand Duel was directed by Sergio Leone's former assistant director Giancarlo Santi and scored by Luis Enríquez Bacalov, who went on to win an Academy Award for his score of Il Postino. This 1972 film is about a man who was framed for murder and the grizzled ex-sheriff who protects him from the bounty hunters after his head. Tarantino used part of the score in his Kill Bill Vol. 1.